There are new restaurants popping up all the time in Hong Kong, from fine dining concepts to internationally known restaurants coming to the city for the first time to locally-born exploratory fusion. Stay on top of the need-to-knows of the dining scene with our restaurant openings guide, updated monthly.
SEN SEN SUSHI
DON DON DONKI will open its first ever kaitenzushi, or conveyer belt sushi restaurant, at Tsuen Wan’s OP Mall on October 29th. The specialty Japanese store first took Hong Kong by storm in 2019 when it opened its first store in Tsim Sha Tsui. The world’s first DONKI restaurant, with a Japanese fish market theme, is helmed by highly skilled sushi craftsmen, presenting fresh tuna sushi or sashima every day, sea urchin airfreighted from Japan, and sustainable fresh salmon from Norway. There will be daily shows every night at 6pm, including fish cutting and roasting presentations.
2/F, OP Mall, 100 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan | Facebook page
Ikigai Concepts — Japanese
Ikigai Concepts is a new Japanese dining/lifestyle concept. The 12,000 sq.ft space is divided into multiple zones. First, a kushiyaki grilling zone, a sleek omakase counter, a teppanyaki bar, and lastly an interactive sake tasting bar that matches diners with their own sake, from a library of 30 award-winning seasonal sakes. This includes the Sinsen Daiginjo which has been served to the Japanese royal family. Omakase lunch starts at $380 while omakase dinner starts at $780 per person.
The word ikigai means “meaning of life” or “reason for being”, and indeed the space houses a concept store, with artifacts and souvenirs to purchase and sake workshops in the works. Ikigai Concepts opens tomorrow, October 1st.
Shop 211, Nina Mall II, Tsuen Wan West | +852 2618 2812
Seoul Recipe — Korean
Seoul Recipe has opened its very first flagship store in Causeway Bay. The brand is designed to offer authentic, healthy on-the-go Korean meals made without MSG or preservatives, with five takeaway counters in major supermarkets around the city like Taste and Great Food Hall in Pacific Place.
For the first time, Seoul Recipe owns its own space, offering the same signature foods at the grab’n’go deli counter, frozen foods like fish cakes and premium Korean meat, drinks like their own Brewguru Kombucha collection, along with exclusive products like soy sauce marinated blue crab, pre-marinated short rib, and seasonal fruits and veggies. There is also a dedicated section for Korean retail products.
Lee Gardens Two, 28 Yun Ping Rd, Causeway Bay | +852 9383 6989
Gelato Messina — Gelato
Messina gelateria has opened its first Hong Kong location on Pottinger Street. Established in 2002 in Australia, Messina has become famous worldwide for its offering of superior gelatos. They take “make it from scratch” to the extreme, from raising their own dairy cows to establishing hazelnut and strawberry farms; from creating their own gelato base to making cookie and brownie toppings in-house. They offer 35 signature flavours year round such as Pistachio Praline, along with five specials that rotate on a weekly basis. Try special edition flavours like Egg Tart and Tofu Fa during the grand opening only!
37 Pottinger Street, Central @gelatomessinahk on IG
Flash Coffee — Coffee
After Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan, Flash Coffee opens its first Hong Kong location in Sheung Wan. Their motto? Affordable yet premium coffees, served in a minute. If you’re around Grand Millenium Plaza, you cannot miss it. The colourful brand proposes Americanos for HK$21 and different types of lattes between HK$25 and HK$36. Perfect to start the day… and you can just order through the app.
Shop 5, G/F, Golden Centre, 188 Des Voeux Road Central | +852 7073 8149
MARGO is an intimate brasserie-style European restaurant that opened in July this year. Inspired by the change in season, they are offering new lunch and dinner menus inspired by regional European dishes and ingredients such as white truffle and porcini mushrooms. The menus dreamed up German head chef Mario Paecke (former sous chef at Amber in the Landmark Mandarian Oriental) are inspired by traditional dishes like the German countryside food Himmel und Erde, which is usually a plate of black pudding, fried onions, and mashed potato. The reimagined plate is made up of roasted celeriac and Boudin Noir, French-style blood sausage. You can expect an entire meal of hearty flavours with elevated ingredients.
MARGO also introduces an intimate tasting experience with Chef Mario. Two guests can get up-close and personal, guided through dishes inspired by the chef’s German roots. The seasonal tasting menu is priced at HK1,200 per guest.
Shop 6, 9 Queens Road, Central | +852 2130 7731
Hue Dining — Whiskey supper x Michter’s Distillery
A new menu will be available at Hue Dining, in collaboration with Michter’s Distillery, starting from September 23 until 29 October. On Thursdays and Fridays only, wishky connoisseurs will enjoy the special limited release of Michter’s Rye Whisky and foodies will love the treats and sweets to pair with unique cocktails, prepared for this special occasion (The combo Croque Monsieur + Rye Crusta is just amazing). Booking is essential due to limited seating. HK$ 550 for 2 cocktails, 2 neat whiskies, 4 snacks, 4 sweets.
HKMOA, 1/F, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 3500 5888
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